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The Third Coincidence by [Bishop, David]
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A madman with a thirst for vengeance against the U.S. government compels the president to have CIA agent Jack McCall create a special task force to stop the killings. With a Federal Reserve Board member and two Supreme Court justices assassinated, the entire country is in a panic. Nominees to fill the positions become targets as well, so the entire government shuts down until the murderer can be apprehended. The story line fluctuates between McCall on a manhunt and the killer with McCall in his crosshairs. Unfortunately, what should have been a gripping story actually reads like a rushed outline. The characters are shallow, the suspense lacking, and the dialogue is not convincing at all. The great premise may still draw a few readers, but this could have been so much better than it is. --Jeff Ayers

About the Author

Bishop is a business man who has owned and operated numerous diverse businesses. He has been a featured speaker before leading business and government executives in the US and throughout the world. Bishop has published technical articles in leading valuation, legal, accounting and financial journals. For the last several years he has focused on writing fiction.

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  • File Size: 854 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Oceanview Publishing; 1 edition (February 6, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 6, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006N77EUS
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By TChris TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
A Justice of the Supreme Court is murdered. Inexplicably, the Supreme Court Police fail to enhance their protection of the remaining Justices, making it easy for a second Justice to be assassinated. Then a Federal Reserve Governor is killed, followed by more targets from the Court and the Fed. Despite the absence of evidence that a foreign power is responsible for the assassination, the president asks a CIA agent to assemble a task force to find the killer. In the real world, every available FBI and Secret Service agent would be investigating the murders, plus the local police, the U.S. Marshal's Office, the Supreme Court Police, and any other law enforcement agency that could reasonably justify sharing in the glory of finding the killer. In the world of The Third Coincidence, the crime is solved by Jack McCall and a handful of people who spend most of their time eating meals together and thinking lustful thoughts about each other.

Finding the killer should take all of thirty seconds given that he's a crackpot whose political grievances are inconsistent and laughable, but the novel posits this loony toon as a serious threat to governmental institutions. Frankly, if it were that easy for deranged individuals with screwy political beliefs to kill important members of government, we wouldn't have a government. That murders of highly placed officials would continue to occur when those officials are under constant surveillance requires more credulity than I was able to muster.

I'm tired of thrillers that imagine the hero to be a personal friend of the president, particularly when they lead to inane dialog like this: "`I often think about those nights we spent in embassy kitchens eating your homemade ice cream,' the president said ....
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By Bex on August 17, 2012
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There are a lot of chapters - 54 plus an epilogue in 292 pages. Consequently, the story is a bit staccato. The tale would be considered implausible by most. The characters aren't original. There were sections of the book that sagged and dragged. I cannot get over the author using "yoke" instead of "yolk" for the yellow part of the egg.
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A good overall plot spoiled by lack of attention to detail, silly sensationalism, and cardboard characters. Maybe the author will get better; I hope so, because there is a kernel of promise to his writing.
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The Third Coincidence by David Bishop is about a veteran who is asked by the President to find the person responsible for murdering two Supreme Court justices and one Federal Reserve economist. Jack McCall has been serving in the CIA slot "special assistant for strategy and planning" to the Director of the CIA. Yes, he is a bit over inflated. When important judicial and economic people start being murdered, the President tells Jack he can have anyone he wants on his team from CIA, FBI, DIA and any military service and all equipment he needs. Jack selects a good-looking FBI agent, Rachel, with whom he has worked before, a nerdy computer hacker, a spy satellite coordinator from CIA and two local DC detectives who are good at interviewing witnesses. The bad guy starts using a sniper rifle as well as a poison injector and some disguises. He travels around the country to find his targets. Jack should have chartered a small jet to get his people out to interview people. The author seems to ignore the extra time wasted using commercial air transportation. At first they don't know if they have just one bad guy or a bunch of them. They finally decide it is one lone nut and they figure who he is. He kills two FBI agents before they get him. He almost gets Jack. Guess who saves him? There is good action. It sounded like Jack and Rachel might start a new mystery series. I'll pass. Maybe 3.5 stars for this.
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Plot is a bit outlandish but somewhat engaging nonetheless. The books may move a bit too quickly, leaving some holes in details. If you want an easy and fast read, and can get this book for free or a couple of bucks, then give it a try.
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There is a lot of violence in this book, some of it directed towrards animals. So if you like animals I would skip this book. You won't be missing much anyway. The story plods along in tabloid style, with trite character dialogue. I think the author can do better than this.
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Too much Washington detail, not enough character development. Main character is one dimensional in nature. He is presented to the reader as invincible, no bad habits, never makes a mistake, etc. type of guy. I like my hero's or heroine's flawed, human and subject to the same errors in judgment or ability the rest of us are plagued with during our life experience.
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I loved this book! It's a political thriller with a difference -- true teamwork! And the story jumps back and forth between the hunter and the hunted's point of view.

Jack McCall is a CIA man tired of globe-trotting and contemplating retirement to something new. But a special request by the President leads to one more case. Two Supreme Court justices and a Federal Reserve Board governor have all died in a relatively short time. It is one coincidence too many and Jack has been charged with investigating these deaths. The President gives him carte blanche to set up a task force with only one stipulation -- it must contain members from multiple agencies to avoid political grumbling at the highest levels. And Jack has his own stipulations -- insisting on one civilian member given top-secret clearance and all team members given total authority to investigate as they see fit.

Jack's hand-picked team of just six becomes very close very quickly as they realize the strength each brings to the task force. Jack may be the leader, but he is not the only star. It was almost like a police procedural to see behind the scenes as this group works together to solve the case. The reader feels their stress and frustration tempered by the humanity that unites them.

As a deft plot device, the author lets the reader know the force behind the killings right away so the cat-and-mouse game is heightened. Like a good Hitchcock movie, where the audience knows what's coming before the characters do, the suspense is amped up and the reader is totally hooked from the start. I could not put this book down until I read the last page with my heart still thumping. A great read!
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